Scotland 2-0 Macedonia

World Cup 2010 Qualifiers

Sat 5th September 2009
15:00

Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)
Att: 50,214

Group 9
(5 Sep 2009)
 
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
Holland
7
7
0
0
16
2
21
SCOTLAND
7
3
1
3
6
10
10
Norway
7
1
4
2
7
6
7
Macedonia
7
2
1
4
4
9
7
Iceland
8
1
2
5
7
13
5
5 September 2009
Iceland 1-1 Norway
Scotland 2-0 Macedonia
Scotland

Brown(56)

McFadden(80)


C Gordon
A Hutton
D Weir
S McManus
C Davidson (S Whittaker 13)
G Alexander
S Brown (P Hartley 73)
D Fletcher(C)
S Fletcher (S Maloney 68)
J McFadden
K Miller

 

Manager:
George Burley

 

FIFA Ranking: 30

Macedonia

J Nikoloski
N Noveski
I Mitreski
G Sedloski
G Popov
A Stojkov (B Ibraimi 79)
V Shumulikoski
F Despotovski
S Georgievski (V Grozdanovski 69)
G Pandev
I Naumoski (D Tasevski 64)

 

FIFA Ranking: 56

 
Scotland
Macedonia
Shots At Goal
15
12
Shots On Target
3
3
Possession
46%
54%
Territorial Advantage
57.3
42.7
Fouls
12
11
Corners
3
7
Offsides
4
2
Yellow Cards
2
2
Red Cards
0
0
Source: Sky Sports
1 Craig Gordon (Sunderland) (37 Caps) Age: 26
2 Alan Hutton (Tottenham Hotspur) (12 Caps) Age: 24
3 Callum Davidson (Preston North End) (19 Caps) Age: 33
4 Stephen McManus (Celtic) (19 Caps) Age: 26
5 David Weir (Rangers) (64 Caps) Age: 39
6 Scott Brown (Celtic) (18 Caps) Age: 24
7 Darren Fletcher (Manchester Utd) Captain (44 Caps) Age: 25
8 Graham Alexander (Burnley) (40 Caps) Age: 37
9 Kenny Miller (Rangers) (44 Caps) Age: 29
10 Steven Fletcher (Burnley) (5 Caps) Age: 22
11 James McFadden (Birmingham City) (44 Caps) Age: 26
 
13 Steven Whittaker (Rangers) (2 Caps) Age: 25
(Replaced Callum Davidson 13 min)
14 Shaun Maloney (Celtic) (16 Caps) Age: 26
(Replaced Steven Fletcher 69 min)
15 Paul Hartley (Bristol City) (23 Caps) Age: 32
(Replaced Scott Brown 73 min)
 Yellow Card   Red Card   Double Booking   Goals Scored
(4-3-3)
Craig Gordon
Alan Hutton
David Weir
Stephen McManus
Callum Davidson
Darren Fletcher
Graham Alexander
Scott Brown
Steven Fletcher
Kenny Miller
James McFadden

14 Shaun Maloney

World Cup 2010 Qualifiers

Sat 5th September 2009
15:00

Hampden Park, Glasgow (H)
Att: 50,214

Group 9
(5 Sep 2009)
 
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
Holland
7
7
0
0
16
2
21
SCOTLAND
7
3
1
3
6
10
10
Norway
7
1
4
2
7
6
7
Macedonia
7
2
1
4
4
9
7
Iceland
8
1
2
5
7
13
5
5 September 2009
Iceland 1-1 Norway
Scotland 2-0 Macedonia

For the important double header against Macedonia and Holland, 39 year old David Weir was called up as Gary Caldwell was suspended. Gordon was back from injury and Garry O'Connor was called up for the first time in Burley's reign. Prior to the match the SFA stated that Burley's position would be under review after the qualification campaign.

The first half was a poor affair for Scotland with Craig Gordon being their saviour on more than one occasion. At the end of the first half there was controversy, as at a drop ball Scott Brown kicked the ball off the opposing player to win a corner. This infuriated the Macedonians and caused the match to heat up. In the second half, Scotland came out a totally changed team. First McFadden then Miller missed great chances before the deadlock was broken on the 56th minute. Steven Fletcher floated a ball into the box from the left, for Scott Brown to score a diving header into the far corner. Both Steven Whittaker and Kenny Miller had chances to double the lead before James McFadden did just that 10 minutes from time. He collected the ball inside his own half ran past an opponent, beat both central defenders, before he rounded the keeper and slid the ball into the net. It was a great way to cap off a fine display. To make things better Norway and Iceland had drawn, leaving Scotland in pole position for second place. The only bad point was that McFadden would miss the Holland match after picking up a yellow card.